At the 1992 San Diego Comic Book Expo.
Photo by Corey Bond.
|Birth name||John Lindley Byrne|
|Born||July 6, 1950 |
(immigrated British, Canadian)
|Area(s)||Penciller, Inker, Writer|
|Notable works||Next Men|
John Lindley Byrne (born July 6, 1950) is a British-born Canadian-American author and artist of comic books. Events 1044 - The Battle of Ménfő takes place 1189 - Richard the Lionheart is crowned King of England Year 1950 ( MCML) was a Common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Walsall ( is a large industrial town in the West Midlands of England. England is a Country which is part of the United Kingdom. Its inhabitants account for more than 83% of the total UK population whilst its mainland Events 1044 - The Battle of Ménfő takes place 1189 - Richard the Lionheart is crowned King of England Year 1950 ( MCML) was a Common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom, the UK or Britain,is a Sovereign state located Country to "Dominion of Canada" or "Canadian Federation" or anything else please read the Talk Page The United States of America —commonly referred to as the A comic book (often shortened to simply comic and sometimes called a comic paper or comic magazine) is a Magazine or Book of narrative Since the mid-1970s Byrne has worked on nearly every major American superhero. A superhero (sometimes rendered super-hero or super hero) is a Fictional character "of unprecedented physical prowess dedicated to acts of derring-do His best-known work has been on Marvel Comics’ X-Men and Fantastic Four and the 1986 relaunch of DC Comics’ Superman franchise. Marvel Comics is an American comic book company owned by Marvel Publishing Inc The X-Men is a team of fictional Superhero characters in Comic books published by Marvel Comics. The Fantastic Four is a fictional Superhero team appearing in Comic books published by Marvel Comics. DC Comics is an American comic book and related media company Superman is a fictional Comic book Superhero widely considered to be one of the most recognized of such characters and an American Cultural icon During the 1990s he produced a number of creator-owned works including Next Men and Danger Unlimited. Creator ownership is an arrangement in which the creator or creators of a work of fiction retain full ownership of the material regardless of whether it is self-published or John Byrne’s Next Men (also simply Next Men or JBNM) is a Comic book series written and drawn by John Byrne. Danger Unlimited is a Comic book series written and drawn by John Byrne. He is sometimes considered a controversial figure due to opinions he has expressed regarding his experiences within the comic industry.
Byrne was born in West Bromwich, Staffordshire, England where along with his parents (Frank and Nelsie) he lived with his maternal grandmother. West Bromwich ( is a town within the Metropolitan Borough of Sandwell, in the West Midlands, England Staffordshire (abbreviated Staffs) is a landlocked county in the West Midlands region of England. England is a Country which is part of the United Kingdom. Its inhabitants account for more than 83% of the total UK population whilst its mainland  While living there, he was first exposed to the American superheroes that would dominate his professional life through reruns of American programs such as The Adventures of Superman. The United States of America —commonly referred to as the A superhero (sometimes rendered super-hero or super hero) is a Fictional character "of unprecedented physical prowess dedicated to acts of derring-do Adventures of Superman is an American Television series based on Comic book characters and concepts created in 1938 by Jerry Siegel In Britain, he was able to read domestic comics such as Eagle as well as reprints of DC Comics. DC Comics is an American comic book and related media company  When he was eight years old he left England with his parents and moved to Canada. England is a Country which is part of the United Kingdom. Its inhabitants account for more than 83% of the total UK population whilst its mainland Country to "Dominion of Canada" or "Canadian Federation" or anything else please read the Talk Page According to Byrne himself, he was not an academically gifted student.
Later he was married to photographer and actress Andrea Braun Byrne for 15 years.
His first encounter with Marvel Comics was in 1962 with Stan Lee and Jack Kirby’s Fantastic Four #5. Marvel Comics is an American comic book company owned by Marvel Publishing Inc Stan Lee (born Stanley Martin Lieber; December 28, 1922) is an American Writer, editor, creator of comic book characters Jack Kirby (born Jacob Kurtzberg, August 28, 1917 &ndash February 6, 1994) was an American Comic book The Fantastic Four is a fictional Superhero team appearing in Comic books published by Marvel Comics. He later commented that "the book had an 'edge' like nothing DC was putting out at the time".  Jack Kirby’s work in particular had a strong influence on Byrne and he has worked with many of the characters Kirby created or co-created. Besides Kirby, Byrne was also influenced by the naturalistic style of Neal Adams. Naturalism in art refers to the depiction of realistic objects in a natural setting Neal Adams (born June 6, 1941, Governors Island, Manhattan, New York City) is an American Comic book and
In 1970, Byrne enrolled at the Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary. The Alberta College of Art and Design ( ACAD) is located in Calgary on the North Hill overlooking the Bow River and the downtown skyline in a Calgary (ˈkælgəriː is the largest city in the Province of Alberta, Canada He created the superhero parody Gay Guy for the college newspaper, which poked fun at the campus stereotype of homosexuality among art students. Homosexuality refers to sexual behavior with or attraction to people of the same sex or to a Homosexual orientation. Gay Guy is also notable for featuring a prototype of the Alpha Flight character Snowbird. Alpha Flight is a Fictional group a Marvel Comics Superhero team noteworthy for being one of the few Canadian superhero teams Snowbird is a Fictional character who appeared in Marvel Comics ' series Alpha Flight. While there, he also published his first comic book, ACA Comix #1, featuring "The Death’s Head Knight". 
Byrne left the college in 1973 without graduating. He broke into comics illustrating a two-page story by writer Al Hewetson for Skywald Publications’ black-and-white horror magazine Nightmare #20 (August 1974). Skywald Publications is a 1970s Publisher of black-and-white comics Magazines, primarily the horror anthologies Nightmare, Psycho, Horror fiction is broadly Fiction in any medium intended to scare unsettle or horrify the audience Magazines, periodicals or serials are Publications generally published on a regular schedule containing a variety of articles, generally He then began freelancing for Charlton Comics, making his color-comics debut with the E-Man backup feature “Rog-2000,” starring a robot character he’d created in the mid-1970s that colleagues Roger Stern and Bob Layton named and began using for spot illustrations in their fanzine CPL (Contemporary Pictorial Literature). Charlton Comics was an American Comic book publishing company that existed from 1946 to 1986 having begun under a different name in 1944 E-Man is a fictional Comic book Superhero created by Writer Nicola Cuti and Artist Joe Staton for Rog-2000 (pronounced "Rahj-two-thousand" and sometimes spelled "ROG 2000" is a fictional Robot that was the first professional creation of Comic book Roger Stern (born September 17 1950) is an American Comic book Author and Novelist. Bob Layton is an American Comic book Artist, who has worked for Marvel Comics, Valiant Comics, DC Comics, Future A fanzine (see also Zine) is a nonprofessional publication produced by fans of a particular cultural phenomenon (such as a literary or musical genre for the pleasure A Rog-2000 story written by Stern, with art by Byrne and Layton, had gotten the attention of Charlton Comics editor Nicola Cuti, who extended Byrne an invitation. Nick Cuti (born as Nicola Cuti on October 29[[ 944]] is a comic writer known for his creation of E-Man as well as other contributions to the comics industry Written by Cuti, "Rog-2000" became one of several alternating backup features in the Charlton Comics superhero series E-Man, starting with the eight-page "That Was No Lady" in issue #6 (Jan. A superhero (sometimes rendered super-hero or super hero) is a Fictional character "of unprecedented physical prowess dedicated to acts of derring-do E-Man is a fictional Comic book Superhero created by Writer Nicola Cuti and Artist Joe Staton for 1975).
Byrne went on to work on the Charlton books Wheelie and the Chopper Bunch, Space: 1999, and Emergency!, and co-created with writer Joe Gill the post-apocalyptic science-fiction series Doomsday + 1. Wheelie and the Chopper Bunch was a 30-minute cartoon produced by Hanna-Barbera which aired for one season on NBC from September 7, 1974 Space 1999 ( ITC Entertainment and RAI, 1975-77 is a British science-fiction television series Emergency! is a Medical drama Television series that was produced by Mark VII Limited ( Jack Webb 's company and distributed by Joe Gill ( July 13 1919 - December 17 2006) was an American Magazine Writer and highly prolific Comic book Doomsday + 1 was an American Post-apocalyptic Comic-book series published by Charlton Comics in the 1970s Byrne additionally drew a cover for the supernatural anthology The Many Ghosts of Doctor Graves #54 (Dec. The term supernatural or supranatural ( Latin: super, supra "above" + natura "nature" pertains to entities events ANThology is the first Major label album by Alien Ant Farm released on March 6, 2001 in the USA and March 19 The Many Ghosts of Doctor Graves was an American Supernatural - anthology Comic book published by Charlton Comics and best 1975).
Byrne’s first story for Marvel Comics was "Dark Asylum" (written by David Anthony Kraft), published in Giant-Size Dracula #5 (June 1975). Marvel Comics is an American comic book company owned by Marvel Publishing Inc David Anthony Kraft, also credited simply as David Kraft, (b 1952 is an American Comic book Writer, Publisher, and Critic. Dracula is a Fictional character, a Comic book Supervillain in the Marvel Comics universe. He began drawing Marvel’s lower-selling titles, including Iron Fist, The Champions, and Marvel Team-Up. Iron Fist ( Daniel Rand) is a Fictional character, a Comic book Superhero in the Marvel Comics universe, and a practitioner The Champions was a short-lived fictional Comic book Superhero team in the Marvel Comics universe. Marvel Team-Up is the name of several American Comic book series published by Marvel Comics. For many issues, he was paired with writer Chris Claremont. Chris Claremont (born November 30, 1950) is a writer of American Comic books known for his 16-year (1975-1991 stint on Uncanny X-Men
Byrne joined Claremont beginning with The X-Men #108 (Dec. The X-Men is a team of fictional Superhero characters in Comic books published by Marvel Comics. 1977). Their work together would make them both fan favorites and X-Men became one of the industry’s best-selling titles. Byrne has repeatedly compared his working relationship with Claremont to Gilbert and Sullivan, and has said that they were "almost constantly at war over who the characters were". Gilbert and Sullivan refers to the Victorian era partnership of Librettist W  Byrne became "increasingly unhappy" and left the title with issue #143.
In the early 1980s, Byrne worked on a number of other Marvel books. His nine-issue run (#247–255) with writer Roger Stern on Captain America included an issue (#250) in which the Captain was nominated for the US presidency. Roger Stern (born September 17 1950) is an American Comic book Author and Novelist.
Marvel persuaded Byrne to write and draw Alpha Flight, a Canadian superhero team who were first introduced “merely to survive a fight with the X-Men. Alpha Flight is a Fictional group a Marvel Comics Superhero team noteworthy for being one of the few Canadian superhero teams ” The book was popular (its first issue sold 500,000 copies, but Byrne has said the book "was never much fun", and that he considered the characters two-dimensional.  One of those characters, Northstar, became Marvel's first openly gay superhero. Northstar ( Jean-Paul Beaubier) is a Canadian mutant and one of the few openly gay characters in the Marvel Universe In the English language, gay is an Adjective that in modern usage refers to Homosexuality. Though intended by Byrne to be gay from the beginning, his homosexuality was only hinted at during Byrne's tenure on the book.
After issue #28 of Alpha Flight, Byrne swapped books with Bill Mantlo, writer of The Incredible Hulk. Bill Mantlo (born November 9, 1951) is an American Comic-book Writer, primarily at Marvel Comics, and an Attorney This article is about the comic book character and series For all other media appearances see Hulk in other media. According to Byrne, he discussed his ideas with editor-in-chief Jim Shooter ahead of time, but once Byrne was on the book, Shooter objected to them. James Shooter (born September 27 1951 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is an American Writer, occasional fill-in artist editor, and  Byrne only wrote and drew six issues (#314–319) of The Incredible Hulk.
Byrne’s most important post-X-Men body of work at Marvel was his six-year run on The Fantastic Four (#232-293), considered by many to be a "second Golden Age" on that title. The Fantastic Four is a fictional Superhero team appearing in Comic books published by Marvel Comics. Byrne said his goal was to "turn the clock back . . . get back and see fresh what it was that made the book great at its inception".  However, he also made a number of significant changes to the title: the Thing was replaced as a member of the quartet by the She-Hulk, while the Thing had adventures in his own comic (also written by Byrne), and his longtime girlfriend Alicia Masters left him for his teammate the Human Torch; the Invisible Girl was developed into the most powerful member with her heightened control of her refined powers and the self-confident assertiveness to use it epitomized by her name change to the Invisible Woman; and the Baxter Building, their headquarters, was destroyed and replaced with Four Freedoms Plaza. The Thing ( Benjamin "Ben" Jacob Grimm) is a Fictional character, a founding member of the Superhero team known as the Fantastic Four She-Hulk ( Jennifer Susan Walters) is a Marvel Comics superheroine Created by writer Stan Lee and artist John Buscema, she Alicia Masters is a Supporting character to the Marvel Comics Superheroes the Fantastic Four and Silver Surfer. The Human Torch ( Jonathan "Johnny" Storm) is a Fictional character and Superhero of the Marvel Comics universe Susan Storm Richards (also known as Invisible Girl and later Invisible Woman) is a Fictional character, a Marvel Comics superheroine The Baxter Building is a fictitious 35-story office building in Manhattan whose five upper floors house the Fantastic Four 's headquarters in the Marvel Four Freedoms Plaza is a fictional structure in the Manhattan of the Marvel Universe; it served as the replacement headquarters for the Fantastic Four when Byrne has cited multiple reasons for leaving the book, including “internal office politics” and that "it simply started to get old". 
Near the end of his time at Marvel he was hired by DC Comics to revamp its flagship character Superman. This was part of a company-wide restructuring of the history of the DC Universe and all of its characters following the miniseries Crisis on Infinite Earths. The DC Universe ( DCU) is the fictional Shared universe where most of the comic stories published by DC Comics take place Crisis on Infinite Earths is a twelve-issue American comic book Limited series (identified as a "12-part maxi-series" and crossover Byrne’s reworking of Superman in particular gained widespread media coverage outside the comic book industry, including articles in Time and The New York Times. Time (trademarked in capitals as TIME) is a weekly American Newsmagazine, similar to Newsweek and
At the time, Byrne said, "I’m taking Superman back to the basics . . . It's basically Siegel and Shuster's Superman meets the Fleischer Superman in 1986. Jerome "Jerry" Siegel (October 17 1914 – January 28 1996 who also used pseudonyms including Joe Carter, Jerry Ess, Siegel was a fan of movies Joseph "Joe" Shuster (July 10 1914 - July 30 1992 was a Canadian -born American Comic book Artist best known for co-creating the DC Comics Max Fleischer ( July 19, 1883 – September 11, 1972) was an important Austrian American pioneer in the development of the ” Byrne significantly reduced Superman’s powers (though he was still one of the most powerful beings on Earth), eliminated the Fortress of Solitude, Krypto, and had his foster parents the Kents still alive while Superman was an adult to enjoy their adopted son’s triumphs as well as to provide him with support, grounding, and advice whenever he needed it. The Fortress of Solitude is the occasional Headquarters of Superman in DC Comics. Krypto, also known as Krypto the Superdog, is a Fictional character.
Byrne also did away with the character’s childhood/teenage career as Superboy; in Byrne’s revamped history, Clark Kent does not put on a costume and become a super-hero until he's an adult. This article is about the original pre-Crisis Superboy For similarly-named DC Comics characters see Superboy. Byrne has since admitted this was a mistake, since it completely gutted the basic premise of the Legion of Super-Heroes, a team of super-powered teenagers existing a thousand years in the future, who were inspired by Superboy. This is about the DC Comics superhero team For the animated television series based on this see Legion of Super Heroes (TV series.
In the Superman mythos, Byrne wrote Clark Kent as having a more aggressive and extroverted personality than previously depicted, even making him a top high-school football player. Byrne also did his part to come up with explanations for how Superman’s disguise works, such as the public simply does not realize that he has a secret identity since he is unmasked, that Superman would vibrate his face via his super speed in order to blur his image to photographers, and having Kent keep a weight training set around to explain how the human and presumably weaker Kent could have a frame as massive as Superman’s. Byrne’s Superman felt that his deepest roots were on Earth, and that his home planet of "Krypton is anathema to him". 
The new Superman debuted in the six-issue miniseries The Man of Steel, which described his origin and early career. Byrne wrote and drew two monthly Superman titles with the hero’s present-day adventures: a new Superman title beginning with issue #1 (January 1987) and Action Comics, in which, beginning with issue #584, Superman teamed up with another hero or group. Superman (sometimes called Superman (volume 1 and for a time published as Adventures of Superman) is a comic book published by DC Comics Action Comics is an American Comic book series which introduced Superman, the first major Superhero character as the term The original Superman book was renamed Adventures of Superman starting with issue #424 and was initially written by Marv Wolfman and drawn by Jerry Ordway, but the writing chores were taken over by Byrne after a year (from issues #436–442, and 444). Superman (sometimes called Superman (volume 1 and for a time published as Adventures of Superman) is a comic book published by DC Comics Marvin A "Marv" Wolfman (born May 13, 1946) is an award-winning American Comic book Writer. Jerry Ordway (born November 28, 1957) is an American Writer, Penciller and Inker of Comic books He As 1988 marked the 50th anniversary year of Superman’s creation, Byrne managed to do more Superman-related projects while working on the core Superman monthly titles at the same time: he wrote the prestige format graphic novel, Superman: The Earth Stealers, while also writing three separate four-issue mini-series: The World of Krypton, The World of Metropolis, and The World of Smallville. Prestige format is a term coined by DC Comics but now in wider use to refer to a Square-bound Comic book with Cardstock covers A He also supplied the cover art for a Time magazine cover and interior spread which featured Superman, where his pencils were inked by Jerry Ordway. Time (trademarked in capitals as TIME) is a weekly American Newsmagazine, similar to Newsweek and Jerry Ordway (born November 28, 1957) is an American Writer, Penciller and Inker of Comic books He Around this time while working on the Superman titles, Byrne also penciled the 6-issue DC Universe crossover mini-series Legends in 1986-1987. The DC Universe ( DCU) is the fictional Shared universe where most of the comic stories published by DC Comics take place Legends was a six-issue Comic book Limited series published in 1986 and 1987 by DC Comics, which had plot threads running
Byrne spent about two years on the Superman titles before leaving. He cited the lack of "conscious support" for his work from DC Comics and the fact that the version of Superman that the company licensed for merchandise was different from his version in the comic books as the reasons for his dissatisfaction. 
In 1986, Marvel began publication of a new line of superhero titles created by then-Editor-in-Chief Jim Shooter, which took place in a continuum removed from the Marvel Universe proper, called the New Universe. James Shooter (born September 27 1951 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is an American Writer, occasional fill-in artist editor, and The New Universe is a Comic book Imprint from Marvel Comics that was published in its original incarnation from 1986 to 1989
In 1987, the New Universe line saw a revamp under new Editor-in-Chief Tom DeFalco, and Byrne took over writing and art-breakdowns on the line's flagship title, Star Brand (renamed The Star Brand during Byrne’s term on the book). Tom DeFalco (b June 26 1950) is an American comics Writer and Editor, well-known for his association with Marvel The Star Brand is the name of a number of similar Fictional Comic book objects of power all of which exist in the multiverse created by the Shared universes Byrne’s run started with issue #11 and continued until the series' cancellation eight issues later upon Marvel's discontinuation of the New Universe line.
In 1989, after leaving Superman, Byrne returned to work on a number of titles for Marvel Comics. His work on West Coast Avengers (issues 42–57, soon renamed Avengers West Coast) was contingent on his being allowed to do what he called “my Vision story. The West Coast Avengers is a Fictional group of superheroes that appear in Publications published by Marvel Comics. ” The Vision was a long standing Marvel superhero and member of The Avengers, an android originally created by the villain Ultron constructed with the body of the original Human Torch. The Vision is the name of three Fictional characters that appear in Comic books published by Marvel Comics. The Avengers is a team of fictional Superhero characters in Comic books published by Marvel Comics. An android is a Robot designed to resemble a human usually both in appearance and behavior Ultron is a Fictional character that appears in Comic books published by Marvel Comics. The Human Torch is a Fictional character, a Marvel Comics -owned Superhero. The Vision went on to join the team, marry his teammate the Scarlet Witch, and father two children by her. The Scarlet Witch ( Wanda Maximoff) is a Fictional character that appears in Comic books published by Marvel Comics. Byrne radically changed this, revealing that Ultron lied about the Vision’s creation. The android Human Torch was found and joined the WCA. The Vision was disassembled and stripped of his emotions. The couple’s twins were revealed to be pieces of the soul of the demon Master Pandemonium. Master Pandemonium is a Supervillain in the Marvel Universe. Fictional character biography Martin Preston was born in Rutland Vermont In addition to these changes, Byrne’s run is remembered for the introduction of the Great Lakes Avengers, an eclectic group of new superheroes. The Great Lakes Avengers are a Superhero group team that appear in the Fictional Marvel Universe.
During She-Hulk’s tenure with the Fantastic Four, she appeared in Marvel Graphic Novel #18 in November 1985, titled The Sensational She-Hulk, which Byrne also wrote and illustrated.
On the request of editor Mark Gruenwald, Byrne wrote and drew a new series in 1989, The Sensational She-Hulk (maintaining the 1985 graphic novel’s title). Mark E Gruenwald ( June 18 1953 - August 12 1996) was an American Comic book writer and editor She-Hulk ( Jennifer Susan Walters) is a Marvel Comics superheroine Created by writer Stan Lee and artist John Buscema, she A Gruenwald directed that it be significantly different from the character’s 1970s series, The Savage She-Hulk. She-Hulk ( Jennifer Susan Walters) is a Marvel Comics superheroine Created by writer Stan Lee and artist John Buscema, she  Byrne’s take was comedic and the She-Hulk, who was aware she was in a comic book, regularly broke the fourth wall. She-Hulk ( Jennifer Susan Walters) is a Marvel Comics superheroine Created by writer Stan Lee and artist John Buscema, she The fourth wall is the imaginary wall at the front of the stage in a Proscenium Theater, through which the audience sees the action in the world of the play Byrne left the book after writing and drawing the first eight issues. Byrne was asked for input on writer Dwayne McDuffie’s She-Hulk: Ceremony graphic novel, and according to Byrne, most of his objections to the story and notations of errors were ignored, and his editor, Bobbie Chase, “was rewriting my stuff to bring it into line with” the story in Ceremony. Dwayne McDuffie is an American writer of Comic books and Television. She-Hulk ( Jennifer Susan Walters) is a Marvel Comics superheroine Created by writer Stan Lee and artist John Buscema, she Upon complaining to DeFalco, Byrne says he was fired from his series.  He later returned to write and draw issues #31–50 under new editor Renée Witterstaetter.
Byrne took over writing Iron Man (#258–277), drawn by John Romita Jr. and later by Paul Ryan. Iron Man is a Fictional character that appears in Comic books published by Marvel Comics. John Salvatore Romita Jr (born August 17, 1956) is an American Comic book artist best known for his extensive work for Marvel Comics Paul Ryan (born in 1949 in Massachusetts) is an American Comic book and Comic strip artist Byrne launched a second “Armor Wars” story arc, restored the Mandarin as a major Iron Man nemesis, and featured the 1950s “pre-superhero Marvel” monster Fin Fang Foom. Iron Man is a Fictional character that appears in Comic books published by Marvel Comics. The Mandarin is a Fictional character, a Marvel Comics Supervillain and the Archenemy of Iron Man. Atlas Comics is the 1950s Comic book Publishing company that would evolve into Marvel Comics. Fin Fang Foom is an extraterrestrial Dragon that appears in the fictional Marvel Universe, typically as an opponent of Iron Man.
Byrne also started a new series, Namor, the Sub-Mariner. Byrne’s take on the undersea antihero Namor cast him as the head of a surface company, Oracle, Inc. (no relationship to the real-life software company of the same name), in order to help keep the ocean unpolluted, and had Namor involved in corporate intrigue. Byrne wrote and drew the book for 25 issues, until new artist Jae Lee inspired a sharp change in the series’ mood and plot of the book. Jae Lee (born June 22, 1972) is a Korean-American Eisner Award -winning Comic book Artist known for his dark gothic style of work Byrne wrote the book until #32.
In the early 1990s, Byrne began creating a series of original, creator-owned works for publisher Dark Horse Comics. Dark Horse Comics is one of the largest independent American Comic book publishers behind dominant publishers Marvel Comics and DC Comics This was during a general trend in the industry for established creators working for Marvel and DC to bring their original works to other publishers or create their own companies to publish the works themselves (one prominent example is Image Comics). Image Comics is an American Comic book publisher It was founded in 1992 by seven high-profile illustrators as a venue where creators could publish their A number of these creators, including Byrne, Frank Miller, Mike Mignola, and Art Adams, banded together to form the Legend imprint at Dark Horse. Frank Miller (born January 27, 1957) is an American Writer, Artist and Film director best known for his dark Mike Joseph Mignola (born September 16, 1960) is an American Comic book Artist and Writer, famous for creating the comic Arthur "Art" Adams, (b 1963 is an American Writer and Comic book Illustrator. Legend was a Comic book Imprint at Dark Horse Comics created in 1990s by Frank Miller and John Byrne as an avenue for creator-owned
Byrne’s first title for Dark Horse was Next Men, a work he considered darker and more realistic than his previous work. John Byrne’s Next Men (also simply Next Men or JBNM) is a Comic book series written and drawn by John Byrne. The Next Men were five young people who were the product of a secret government experiment. Byrne said, “I thought I would see what I could do with superheroes in the ‘real world’ ” and “[e]xplore the impact their existence would have. ” Byrne’s other Dark Horse titles were Babe (a kind of She-Hulk for mature readers) and Danger Unlimited, the latter about a Fantastic Four-like team of heroes in the future fighting an alien occupation of Earth. She-Hulk ( Jennifer Susan Walters) is a Marvel Comics superheroine Created by writer Stan Lee and artist John Buscema, she Danger Unlimited is a Comic book series written and drawn by John Byrne.
The Next Men lasted until issue 30 in 1994, when Byrne ended the series, intending to return “in no more than six months. ” However, Byrne says he “did not count on. . . the virtual collapse of the whole comic book industry, which seemed to occur at just the time I put Next Men on the shelf. . . In the present, very depressed marketplace, I don’t feel Next Men would have much chance, so I leave the book hibernating until such time as the market improves. ”
In later years, Byrne has done titles for Marvel, DC, and other publishers, including the 1992 prestige format graphic novel Green Lantern: Ganthet’s Tale with science fiction author Larry Niven at DC. Prestige format is a term coined by DC Comics but now in wider use to refer to a Square-bound Comic book with Cardstock covers A Laurence van Cott Niven (born April 30, 1938 Los Angeles California) is a US Science fiction author. He also returned to the X-Men franchise at Marvel from 1991-1992, succeeding longtime writer Chris Claremont, who left after 17 years working on the various X-Men related titles. Byrne's return as the new writer was brief, as he only wrote Uncanny X-Men # 281-285 and 288 with artist Whilce Portacio, and X-Men (vol. 2) # 4-5 with artist Jim Lee. Uncanny X-Men, first published as simply The X-Men, is the flagship Marvel Comics Comic book series for the X-Men franchise Whilce Portacio (born July 8, 1963) is a Filipino-American Comic book artist. X-Men Legacy is a Marvel Comics series featuring the eponymous group of mutant Superheroes The title began its publication Jim Lee (born August 11, 1964) is a Korean-American Comic book Artist, Creator and Publisher. Like Claremont before him, Byrne left writing the X-Men titles due to editorial differences with then X-Men editor at the time, Bob Harras. Robert "Bob" Harras (b January 11 1959 is an American comics Writer and Editor, who was Editor-in-chief of Marvel
He also wrote and drew another of DC’s signature series, the long-running Wonder Woman title from 1995–1998. During that time he relegated the superheroine to the status of observer in a many issues, spotlighting supporting characters such as Queen Hippolyta in their own adventures. Queen Hippolyta is a DC Comics Superheroine based on Hippolyte, queen of the Amazons in Greek mythology, and is the mother of He additionally took over New Gods vol. The New Gods are a Fictional race published by DC Comics, as well as the title for four series of comics about those characters 4 at the end of 1996, as writer-artist of issues #12–15, continuing with it as the series was rebooted with a new #1 as Jack Kirby’s Fourth World. The Fourth World is the popular name given to a Metaseries of interconnecting Comic book titles written and drawn by Jack Kirby and published That ran 20 issues from 1997–1998. Byrne also wrote a Wonder Woman prose novel, Wonder Woman: Gods and Goddesses (1997, Prima Lifestyles, ISBN 0-7615-0483-4).
His late-1990s Marvel work has been controversial. In the series Spider-Man: Chapter One, Byrne sought to retell some of Spider-Man’s earliest adventures, changing some key aspects, and declaring that the new version had supplanted the original stories as official Spider-Man canon. Spider-Man Chapter One is the name of a Comic book Limited series starring Spider-Man published by Marvel Comics for 13 issues (#1-12 Spider-Man is a Fictional character appearing in Comic books published by Marvel Comics. This article is not about Literary canons of influential works of fiction but about the concept of a canon which defines the world of a particular fictional series In late 1998, Byrne also took over as writer of the flagship series, The Amazing Spider-Man, at the end of the series with issue #440, by which time Marvel had decided to relaunch the book. The Amazing Spider-Man is the name of several media Presentations which feature the Marvel Comics Superhero Spider-Man, The "last" issue of Amazing Spider-Man was #441 (Nov. 1998), with Marvel initiating The Amazing Spider-Man with a new issue #1 (Jan. 1999) with Howard Mackie as writer and Byrne as penciler. Howard Mackie (born January 22 1958 is an American Comic book editor and Writer. Byrne penciled issues #1–18 (from 1999–2000) and wrote #13–14.
Marvel hired Byrne in 1999 for a second volume of the series featuring The Incredible Hulk, re-titled Hulk, with Ron Garney penciling. This article is about the comic book character and series For all other media appearances see Hulk in other media. Ron Garney is a Comic book artist Biography He has worked on JLA, The Amazing Spider-Man, Captain America Byrne wrote of his plans for the first year, but as with his previous tenure on the character back in 1986, creative differences led to his departure before the year was over. Byrne wrote the first seven issues, as well as that series’ summer annual. An annual publication, more often called simply an annual, is a book or a Magazine, Comic book or Comic strip published yearly
From 1999–2001, Byrne returned to the X-Men once again, as he wrote and drew the flashback series X-Men: The Hidden Years. In history film television and other media a flashback (also called analepsis) is an interjected scene that takes the narrative back in time from the current X-Men The Hidden Years was a Comic book series set in the Marvel Comics universe, which starred the company's popular Superhero team The series lasted 22 issues. Despite relatively low sales, Byrne maintained the comic was still profitable and believed the cancellation to be unexplained. This disagreement factored in his decision to no longer work for Marvel Comics. 
Post-2000 works have involved characters and events in time periods mostly skipped over by other comics (Marvel: The Lost Generation), or alternate timelines (DC’s Superman & Batman: Generations); a common feature is to have characters who actually age during the course of the series, which is uncommon for characters in ongoing comics. Marvel The Lost Generation is a twelve issue Comic book Limited series published by Marvel Comics in 2000 and 2001 Superman & Batman Generations is the umbrella title of three Elseworlds Comic book Limited series published by DC Comics in His 2000s work has all been for DC Comics: JLA (#94–99, the “Tenth Circle” story arc), Doom Patrol, Blood of the Demon, and a brief return stint drawing Superman (with writer Gail Simone) in Action Comics #827–835. DC Comics is an American comic book and related media company Gail Simone is an American writer of Comic books Best known for penning DC's Birds of Prey, she is the writer of Welcome Afterward, Simone and Byrne reteamed to launch The All-New Atom series in 2006, with Byrne pencilling the first three issues. For publisher, IDW Byrne worked on the final issue of the miniseries Star Trek: Alien Spotlight (Feb. 2008); on the series FX, written by Wayne Osborne, starting with the March 2008 issue; and Star Trek: Assignment Earth. " Assignment Earth " is a second season episode of Star Trek The Original Series. For DC, he drew a five-issue arc of JLA Classified.
In early 2003, Byrne spent ten weeks as guest penciler on the syndicated newspaper strip Funky Winkerbean. A comic strip is a sequence of drawings that tells a story Currently in the Western world, most comic strips are written and drawn by a Comics artist Funky Winkerbean is a Comic strip created by High school Teacher Tom Batiuk (pronounced "BAT-ick" which debuted on Byrne did this as a favor for Winkerbean’s creator, Tom Batiuk, who was recovering from foot surgery. Tom Batiuk (born 1947 in Akron Ohio) is an American Comic strip creator. 
Over the years, Byrne has gained a reputation as a controversial figure, and has noted this himself, stating that “as the people who have figured me out have said, I just don’t suffer fools gladly. ” Gail Simone, who worked with Byrne on The All New Atom (2006), described Byrne as “very opinionated,” although she qualified her statement, noting Byrne’s talent and assessing his personality as integral to his abilities: “I think John Byrne is brilliant and his forceful personality is part of that. Gail Simone is an American writer of Comic books Best known for penning DC's Birds of Prey, she is the writer of Welcome ” Byrne’s opinions can lead to disputes, and commentators have noted disputes with Peter David, Jim Shooter, Joe Quesada, Mark Evanier, Marv Wolfman, and Erik Larsen. For the Grenadian politician see Peter David (politician. Peter Allen David (often abbreviated PAD) (born September 23 James Shooter (born September 27 1951 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is an American Writer, occasional fill-in artist editor, and Joseph "Joe" Quesada (born December 1 1962) is an American Comic book editor writer and artist Mark Stephen Evanier (born March 2 1952) is an American Comic book and Television Writer, particularly known for his Marvin A "Marv" Wolfman (born May 13, 1946) is an award-winning American Comic book Writer. Erik J Larsen (born December 8, 1962) is an American Comic book writer artist and publisher  In 1982, during a panel discussion at the Dallas Fantasy Fair, Byrne made unflattering comments about longtime comics writer and one-time Marvel Comics editor-in-chief Roy Thomas. Roy Thomas (born November 22 1940, Missouri, United States) is a Comic book Writer and editor, and After a transcript of the panel was published in The Comics Journal #75 (Sept. The Comics Journal, often abbreviated TCJ, is a US magazine of news and criticism pertaining to Comic books and strips 1982), Thomas threatened a libel suit if Byrne did not apologize. In a letter printed in The Comics Journal #82 (July 1983), Byrne retracted his statements, claiming he was only repeating information from Wolfman and Wein and wrote, “I acted only in the office of a parrot. ”
In the 1980s, Steve Gerber and Jack Kirby lampooned him in Destroyer Duck, drawing him as a character called Cogburn, possessing a removable spine and existing only to serve as a cog in the mammoth corporation that owned him. The 1980s was the decade spanning from January 1 1980 to December 31 1989. Stephen Ross "Steve" Gerber ( September 20, 1947 - February 10, 2008) was an American Comic book Writer best Jack Kirby (born Jacob Kurtzberg, August 28, 1917 &ndash February 6, 1994) was an American Comic book Destroyer Duck was an Anthology Comic book published by Eclipse Comics in 1982, as well as the title of its primary story written  Erik Larsen created a villain in the 1990s for his Savage Dragon and Freak Force series, Johnny Redbeard/The Creator, who also parodies Byrne; a massive cranium with atrophied appendages, he can bestow superpowers indiscriminately. Erik J Larsen (born December 8, 1962) is an American Comic book writer artist and publisher The 1990s collectively refers to the years between and including 1990 and 1999 Savage Dragon is an ongoing American Comic book series created by Erik Larsen and published by Image Comics. Freak Force is the name of a fictional team of superhuman bounty hunters operating out of Chicago, Illinois.  However, Byrne is also regarded as an enthusiastic talker, and someone with a warm love of his chosen medium.  Tony Isabella has commented upon Byrne’s approachability when at comic conventions, describing him as “friendly, funny, and well-received by those who attended the show. Tony Isabella (born December 22, 1951) is an American Comic book writer and commentator best known as the creator and writer of Marvel ”
The magazine Heroplay examined Byrne’s alleged treatment of women in his comics and concluded, “As dynamic as his art can be, and as ambitious as his storylines are, he just seems to have an axe to grind with the female of the species,” and that he made women “either bitchy, flighty, or evil. ”
Despite the subject matter of which he writes and draws, in real life he is a firm skeptic. In a letter to the editor in the May/June 2008 issue of Skeptical Inquirer, he wrote: "I don't believe in the supernatural in any way. The Skeptical Inquirer is a bimonthly American Magazine published by the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (CSI with the subtitle "
Byrne has referenced his alleged tendency to “predict” real-life events with his comic books, calling it the “Byrne Curse. ” In a letter to Skeptic magazine, he noted a 1977 issue of Marvel Team-Up depicting a blackout in New York, with a real-life blackout occurring the month the issue went on sale, six months after he had drawn it; an issue of Uncanny X-Men depicting a major earthquake in Japan, which again occurred in real life the month the comic was released; and an issue of Wonder Woman in which the death of the superheroine, who is an Amazon princess named Diana, is presented on the cover as a newspaper front page with the headline “Princess Diana Dies. Marvel Team-Up is the name of several American Comic book series published by Marvel Comics. A power outage (also known as power cut, power failure, power loss, or blackout) is the loss of the Electricity supply to an The City of New York Uncanny X-Men, first published as simply The X-Men, is the flagship Marvel Comics Comic book series for the X-Men franchise An earthquake is the result of a sudden release of energy in the Earth 's crust that creates Seismic waves Earthquakes are recorded with a Seismometer The Amazons (in Greek, grc Ἀμαζόνες are a nation of all-female warriors in Classical and Greek mythology, who were possibly historical ” The issue went on sale on a Wednesday, and Britain’s Diana, Princess of Wales was killed in an accident three days later. The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom, the UK or Britain,is a Sovereign state located 
Byrne has stated his major influences on his art style are Jack Kirby, Gil Kane, Steve Ditko, Neal Adams, and Jean Giraud (best known as Moebius), as well as British comics artists Frank Hampson and Frank Bellamy and cartoonist Giles. Jack Kirby (born Jacob Kurtzberg, August 28, 1917 &ndash February 6, 1994) was an American Comic book Eli Katz ( April 6, 1926, Riga, Latvia – January 31, 2000, Miami Florida, United States) who Steve Ditko (born 2 November 1927) is an American Comic book Artist and Writer best known as the co-creator of the Neal Adams (born June 6, 1941, Governors Island, Manhattan, New York City) is an American Comic book and Jean Henri Gaston Giraud (born May 8, 1938) is a French comics artist. A British comic is a periodical published in the United Kingdom that contains comic strips Frank Hampson ( 21 December 1918 &ndash 8 July 1985) was an Illustrator and is best known for being the creator and artist Frank Bellamy ( 21 May 1917 &ndash 5 July 1976) was a British Comics artist best known for his work on the Eagle Ronald "Carl" Giles ( September 29, 1916 – August 28, 1995) often referred to simply as Giles, was a cartoonist most famous He later described himself as “a Frank Miller sponge,” and told several interviewers of his desire to incorporate influences from Miller and Gene Colan into his style. Frank Miller (born January 27, 1957) is an American Writer, Artist and Film director best known for his dark Eugene "Gene" Colan (born September 1, 1926) is an American comic book artist.
Byrne’s original work has been noted as being rough, with his drawings emphasizing curves over straight lines. Byrne has himself admitted to straight lines being “his least favorite artistic element. ”
Ron Goulart has called Byrne’s artwork “an eminently acceptable mix of bravura, complexity and storytelling clarity. Ron Goulart (born January 13, 1933) is an American Pop-culture historian and mystery, Fantasy, and Science fiction ”
In Scott McCloud’s book Understanding Comics, Byrne is charted along with other comics artists in the “Big Triangle. Scott McCloud (born Scott McLeod on June 10 1960 is an American Cartoonist and theorist on comics as a distinct literary and artistic medium Understanding Comics The Invisible Art is a 215-page Non-fiction Comic book, written and drawn by Scott McCloud and originally published ” McCloud’s placement of Byrne within it identifies his style as similar to Gilbert Hernandez and Jim Lee, making the point that Byrne’s line style is naturalistic without being overly detailed. Gilberto Hernandez, (first name pronounced /heel-bear-toe/ born February 1, 1957, in Oxnard, California, usually credited as Gilbert Jim Lee (born August 11, 1964) is a Korean-American Comic book Artist, Creator and Publisher.
Byrne is, in 2006, an accomplished comic book creator, and is capable of producing virtually all aspects of a book, although he does still produce work in collaboration. The one exception is coloring, since Byrne is color-blind. In Comics, a colorist is responsible for adding color to black and white line art Color blindness, a Color vision deficiency is the inability to perceive differences between some of the Colors that others can distinguish He has problems distinguishing between some shades of green and brown and pencilled Iron Fist for a year believing the costume was brown. Iron Fist ( Daniel Rand) is a Fictional character, a Comic book Superhero in the Marvel Comics universe, and a practitioner While he experimented with his own hand-developed lettering fonts in the early 1980s, he now utilizes a computer font based on the handwriting of the letterer Jack Morelli. A letterer is a member of a team of Comic book creators responsible for drawing the Comic book 's text This article is about font technology For information about the typographic appearance of individual font sets see Typefaces A computer font (or Jack Morelli is a creator of comic books including the film noir -styled 1998 Peter Parker Spider-Man Annual that was both written and lettered 
Byrne’s artistic style, his layouts and his storytelling have been sources of instruction and inspiration to many comics artists, including George Pérez, Jim Lee, Todd McFarlane, Bryan Hitch, and Marcos Martín. George Pérez (born June 9, 1954) is an illustrator and writer of Comic books born of Latin-American (Puerto-Rican descent Jim Lee (born August 11, 1964) is a Korean-American Comic book Artist, Creator and Publisher. Todd McFarlane (born March 16, 1961) is a Canadian Comic book artist writer toy manufacturer/designer and media Entrepreneur who is best known Bryan Hitch (born 1970 is a British Comic book artist He is the co-creator and artist of The Authority and The Ultimates 
As Byrne’s style has evolved over the years fan opinion has differed, a fact Byrne addressed in one of his “IMO” opinion columns. 
Byrne received the Squiddy Award for Favorite Penciller in 1993. The Squiddy Awards, also known as The Squiddies were the annual awards given by the participants in the Usenet Newsgroup rec
Byrne received a 1980 Inkpot Award. The Inkpot Award, bestowed annually since 1974 by Comic-Con International, is given to professionals in Comic book, Comic strip, Animation,
A complete bibliography of Byrne’s comics work is maintained at the Byrne Robotics Checklist.
|Uncanny X-Men artist|
|Fantastic Four artist|
Doug Moench (writer)
|Fantastic Four writer and artist|
Roger Stern (writer)
|Captain America writer|
(with Roger Stern)
|Incredible Hulk writer|
|(Incredible) Hulk writer|
Ron Garney & Jerry Ordway
Fabian Nicieza (main stories)
Mark Gruenwald (back-up stories)
|Iron Man writer|
|Amazing Spider-Man artist|
John Romita, Jr.
|Uncanny X-Men writer|
|X-Men (vol. 2) writer|
|Wonder Woman writer|
|NAME||Byrne, John Lindley|
|SHORT DESCRIPTION||Comic book artist and writer|
|DATE OF BIRTH||July 6, 1950|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Walsall, England|
|DATE OF DEATH|
|PLACE OF DEATH|